Taiwan’s 2007 Flower Festival at Yangmingshan National Park

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The Flower Festival at Yangmingshan National Park in Taiwan draws thousands of tourists each year.

The Yangmingshan 2007 Flower Festival in Taipei kicks off today and according to Taiwan Headlines, hundreds of thousands of tourists are expected to visit Taiwan’s famous northern National Park from today until the 26th of March to watch and admire as the mountain side bursts into a riot of color this spring.

Yellow Flower

Yellow fever.

Chinese Hydrangea

In the cool shade, tiny white Chinese hydrangea blossoms flourish.

We thought we’d beat the crowds and go a day early to avoid traffic jams and hundreds of thousands of tourists. Ha! I should have known better. There are two things that are always a certainty with the people of Taiwan. The Taiwanese love nature and they love their pets. That meant that we had a huge combination of all three yesterday when we arrived at Yangmingshan National Park yesterday afternoon.

Despite the crowds, we immensely enjoyed wandering around the park. The park has been landscaped beautifully to look like a traditional Chinese garden. There are pavilions, kiosks, fish ponds, streams, fountains, ponds and of course, flowering shrubs, trees and plants everywhere the eye can see. I can only imagine how tranquil and imperturbable this place when it’s quiet. It must be utter paradise. No wonder everyone comes here to escape the city life. Now I understand why people also call Yangming Park “Forest in the City” and “Imperial Garden of Taipei”.

Despite the hoards of people, we enjoyed our day in the park. We limited ourselves to Yangming Park, which is roughly 107 hectares in size. We barely had a chance to explore, as the fabulous and well-kept grounds provided oodles of breathtaking flowers of an amazing variety.

Yangmingshan National Park itself is 11, 455 hectares and is sited along a system of dormant volcanoes. The Beitou area in particular is infamous for its hot spring resorts. We haven’t had a chance to indulge yet, but this is on our list of things to do. We are quickly discovering that Taiwan’s National Parks are a spectacular treasure trove of natural beauty.

Nature loving at its best. Walls of melastoma candidum provide the perfect amount of shade from the sun.

If you’d like to see some images and commentary about some of the other flower festivals I’ve been to in Taiwan over the years, you can have a look at these articles:

Spring Flower Festival in Yangmingshan National Park (2007)

Taiwan’s 2007 Flower Festival at Yangmingshan National Park (2007)

Yangmingshan Calla Lily Festival (2008)

Callas from Yangmingshan (2008)

The Yangmingshan Flower Festival (2010)

Taiwan’s Spring Flower Festivals – Calla Lily Festival (2012)

Yangmingshan Flower Festival – Cherry Blossom Season (2017)

 

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Post Author: Carrie Kellenberger

I'm a chronically ill Canadian expat who has been living abroad in Asia since 2003. I moved from China to Taiwan in 2006. My husband and I have owned our own business in Taiwan since 2012. In addition to my own work, I've been writing professionally about Asia, travel and health advocacy since 2007, providing regular content to several publishing companies and travel publications in Asia and North America. Follow Carrie on on Twitter @globetrotteri or on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/carriekellenberger/.

7 thoughts on “Taiwan’s 2007 Flower Festival at Yangmingshan National Park

    battlepanda

    (March 1, 2007 - 9:58 am)

    melastoma candidum
    So that’s what those gorgeous purple things are called…

    Mark

    (March 1, 2007 - 1:40 pm)

    Most people just call them Asian melastome. They grow in Hawaii, too. The Latin names of a lot of plants sound like diseases, since a lot of diseases are named in a similar way.

    For the curious, melastoma is the name of the genus, which is followed by the name of the species in a Latin or “scientific” name. So, other plants of the same genus will start with the same word. For example melastoma sanguineum, or “fox-tongued melastome” would be another plant species of the same family. It would be a little odd to go around calling them them by their latin names, though. It would be kind of like calling mountain zebras equus hartmannae.

    globetrotteri

    (March 1, 2007 - 1:18 pm)

    Yeah. I’ve been wondering myself since I arrived here over a year ago. I love these little guys and they seem to grow almost anywhere here. I was a little surprised by the name though. They sound like some type of skin cancer.

    globetrotteri

    (March 1, 2007 - 2:36 pm)

    Thanks Mark! I wasn’t sure how to go about identifying the Asian melastome at first until I saw it in a brochure at the Yangmingshan Flower Festival last week. It’s too bad Yangming Park doesn’t offer a genus name and a common name, since most people identify flora and fauna by a common name, rather than learning hard to remember Latin names. Where did you find your information?

    globetrotteri

    (March 12, 2007 - 12:39 am)

    Radio Taiwan International just linked my article to their website for my photos at the Yangmingshan Flower Festival this year.

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    (March 20, 2007 - 3:29 pm)

    […] and were able to find every other museum except the one we were looking for.  We saw signs for the Yangmingshan Flower Festival, the Science Museum, the Astrological Museum and Sea World, but ne’er a glimpse of The […]

    Jed Jelliman

    (June 30, 2007 - 9:22 am)

    Jed Jelliman

    Wow! We see little bits and peices here and there but don\’t really get a sense of how lovely the whole thing is overall.

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